With the Griffins kicking off their season last week, college teams starting their season over the weekend, a couple previously injured Red Wings prospects finally being healthy and able to play, there were over 40 games played by the prospects last week. Since there are so many games to cover, I'm going have a two part post, with the second part coming tomorrow.
Here's a reminder of the prospects of interest who are not currently with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
|PROSPECT NAME||POS||HT||WT||DRAFTED||DOB||POB||Shoots||2013-2014 Team (League)|
|Andreas Athanasiou||C/LW||6.00||179||DET-12 (4-110)||8/6/1994||London Ont||L||Barrie Colts (OHL)|
|Tyler Bertuzzi||LW||6.00||178||DET-13 (2-58)||2/24/1995||Sudbury Ont||L||Guelph Storm (OHL)|
|Zach Nastasiuk||C/RW||6.01||190||DET-13 (2-48)||3/30/1995||Barre ONT||R||Owen Sound Attack (OHL)|
|Jake Paterson||G||6.02||183||DET-12 (3-80)||5/13/1994||Mississauga ONT||L||Saginaw Spirit (OHL)|
|Marc McNulty||D||6.06||185||DET-13 (6-169)||4/5/1995||Medicine Hat ALB||L||Prince George Cougars (WHL)|
|Mitchell Wheaton||D||6.05||230||DET-13 (5-139)||2/6/1995||Sherwood Park ALB||L||Kelowna Rockets (WHL)|
|Philippe Hudon||RW||6.00||190||DET-11 (5-145)||4/15/1993||Montreal PQ||R||Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)|
|Anthony Mantha||LW||6.04||190||DET-13 (1-20)||9/16/1994||Longueiul PQ||L||Les Foreurs de Val-d’Or (QMJHL)|
|Mattias Bäckman||D||6.02||170||DET-11 ( 5-145)||10/3/1992||Linköping SWE||L||Linköping (SHL)|
|Rasmus Bodin||C/LW||6.06||207||DET-12 (7-200)||5/5/1994||SWE||L||Linköping HC (J20 Superelit)|
|Mattias Janmark||C/LW||6.01||189||DET-13 (3-79)||12/8/1992||Stockholm SWE||L||AIK (SHL)|
|Hampus Melèn||RW||6.02||165||DET-13 (7-199)||2/28/1995||Karlskrona SWE||L||Tingsryds AIF (J20 Superelite)|
|David Pope||LW||6.02||187||DET-13 (4-109)||9/27/1994||Edmonton ALB||L||West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL)|
|James DeHaas||D||6.02||197||DET-12 (6-170)||5/5/1994||Mississauga ONT||L||Clarkson University (NCAA)|
|Ben Marshall||D||5.09||160||DET-10 (7-201)||8/30/1992||St. Paul MN||L||University of Minnesota (NCAA)|
|Mike McKee||D||6.04||230||DET-12 (4-140)||8/17/1993||Newmarket ONT||L||Western Michigan University (NCHC)|
Grand Rapids Griffins
Here's the full Griffins roster.
The Griffins kicked off their season last Friday with a dominating 8-1 win against the Rochester Americans. Thomas McCollum was in net, and almost everyone on the Griffins team got in on the scoring action. Frederick Roy (son of a bitch... I mean... Patrick Roy) got pretty frustrated by the middle of the second period and took a roughing double minor penalty. Not being finished with his gooery, towards the end of the 2nd period he went after Mitch Callahan because he was sour about the goal Cally just scored. Callahan didn't let Roy goad him into taking a penalty, which was very smart on Callahan's part and is yet another indication of how much he's matured in the last two years. Frederick Roy got a 2 minute roughing penalty as well as a 10 min game misconduct. Once Roy was ejected from the game, there was only 1 more minor penalty called during the whole 3rd period.
Gustav Nyquist had 1 goal and 2 assists.
Ryan Sproul had 2 goals
Adam Almqvist had 3 assists and a team leading 5 shots on goal
David McIntyre had 2 assists
Triston Grant had 1 goal and 1 assist
Mitch Callahan had 1 goal and 1 assist
Alexei Marchenko also had a goal and 3 shots on goal. With how difficult it's been for him in his transition to the North American game, it's great to see him have a good first couple games with the Griffins.
Saturday, the Griffins took on the Toronto Marlies and ultimately fell 4-3 in OT.
Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan, and Mitch Callahan scored for the Griffins and Alexei Marchenko had 2 assists.
Jared Coreau made his Griffins debut stopping 22 of 26 shots.
Landon Ferraro didn't play in either game and is sill on the Wings IR list with a foot injury.
Barrie Colts: Andreas Athanasiou
|22||Andreas Athanasiou||LW/C||Barrie Colts||OHL||6||3||4||7||-1||6
Guelph Storm: Tyler Bertuzzi
|17||Tyler Bertuzzi||LW||Guelph Storm||OHL||4||2||2||4||2||17
Friday October 4th: Bertuzzi had 2 assists, 7 Penalty minutes, and was a +1 before getting a game misconduct and an automatic 2 game suspension. In the OHL, there's an automatic suspension for "Player(s) identified as being involved in the 2nd, 3rd, or subsequent fight during the same stoppage of play." The video of the fight can be viewed here, and as you can see, Bertuzzi was involved in a second fight during the scrum, as was Storm captain Matt Finn, so both players received the automatic 2 game suspension. This game against the Owen Sound Attack, fellow Red Wings Prospect Zach Nastasiuk's team, had 92 penalty minutes and the Storm won the game 7-1. Bertuzzi missed games on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th and should be able to return in the Storm's next game on Friday, October 11th.
Saturday, October 4th: Served 1st game suspension
Sunday, October 5th: served 2nd game suspension
Owen Sound Attack: Zach Nastasiuk
|27||Zach Nastasiuk||RW||Owen Sound Attack||OHL||7||3||3||6||-5||7
Friday, October 4th: Speaking of the Owen Sound Attack. Nastasiuk had an assist and 2 penalty minutes in that 7-1 loss to Bertuzzi and the Storm. He had an even +/- rating on the night, and in a game where the Storm scored 7 goals, Nastasiuk wasn't' on the ice for any of them. Box Score / Attack Recap
Here's a great article on Nastasuik from the Owen Sound Sun Times "It's Feet First For The Attach's Zach Nastasiuk This Season".
Saginaw Spirit: Jake Paterson
|57||Jake Paterson||G||Saignaw Spirit||OHL||6||0.917||21||3.50||3||3||233
Saturday, October 5th: Jake Paterson got to rest for the second time so far this season.
Paterson also singed a 3 year entry level deal with the Red Wings on October 1st.
Prince George Cougars: Marc McNulty
|3||Marc McNulty||D||Prince George Cougars||WHL||8||1||4||5||+1||18
Wednesday, October 2nd: McNulty played, but didn't get on the stat sheet.
Saturday, October 5th: McNulty played, but didn't get on the stat sheet.
Victoriaville Tigres: Philippe Hudon
|71||Philippe Hudon||RW||Victoriaville Tigres||QMJHL||7||3||2||5||-1||6
My favorite line from the recap:
At the eighth of his numerical superiority, Philippe Hudon did fly.
Friday, October 4th: Hudon had a goal, was a -1, and had 2 hits in a 6-2 loss. Box Score
Saturday, October 5th: Hudon had 1 SOG and 2 hits in a 3-2 loss. Box Score
Les Foreurs de Val-d'Or: Anthony Mantha
|8||Anthony Mantha||F||Val d'Or Foreurs||QMJHL||7||11||7||18||+3||18
Friday, October 4th: Mantha had 2 goals, 2 PIM, 1 hit, 6 sog, and was a +1 in a 9-4 win. / Box Score /
Saturday, October 5th: Mantha had a goal, an assist, 3 SOG, 1 hit, was the 2nd star of the game, and was a -1 in a 4-2 win. / Box Score
Mantha still leads the QMJHL in goals and is second in total points.
Articles of interest:
Last week, Mantha was named the first star of the week.
This week, he was named the first star of September.
Red Wings Central also posted "Mantha Terrorizing QMJHL After Demotion"
Anthony Mantha appears to be handling disappointment well.
Mantha, back in the QMJHL as a 19-year-old after participating in training camp and one pre-season game with the Detroit Red Wings, has terrorized opponents of the Val-d’Or Foreurs through five games since his demotion, recording eight goals and six assists for a league-leading 14 points.
Scoring is nothing new for Mantha, who the Red Wings selected in the first round (20th overall) after watching him claim the QMJHL’s goal-scoring crown with a 50-goal campaign.
But what the Red Wings want to see along with his 6-foot-4 frame and James Neal-esque scoring savvy is more competitiveness and a better-rounded game.
"He’s got to go back to juniors and learn to be an every-day player," Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told the Macomb Daily. "When you compete every day and when you compete on every puck, get strong enough, live it every day and one day you get to play here. In the meantime, you get to play juniors or the American League."
Mantha, who is eligible to play in the AHL in 2014-15, was the only junior-aged Red Wings prospect to play in the NHL pre-season. He is the frontrunner to win the QMJHL scoring title — although Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin will have something to say about that — but perhaps the biggest step forward he can make will be to crack Canada’s world junior team.
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